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Lost In The Words: 8 YA Novels Told In Verse

In African American, Contemporary, Family, Free-Verse, Humor, Lists, Mental Health, Middle Grade, Poetry, Relationships, Romance, Young Adult by Christianna Marks

They say that poetry is good for the soul, and if you ask me, whoever ‘they’ are is right. This month is National Poetry Month, so what better way to celebrate than to share some amazing YA novels that just happen to be told in verse? There’s something about a really good novel that’s written in verse, and if you haven’t given this medium a try, let me tell you, you’re missing out. So next time you’re in the bookstore, book shopping online, or even headed to the library, check one of these titles out. Happy reading!

 

1. One by Sarah Crossan

This story centers around twin sisters Tippi and Grace, who happen to be conjoined. This book goes into what it’s like to be your own person, but to be continually connected to someone. One also goes into what it’s like to fall in love when you’re connected to your twin’s body, and the things that happen when you have to answer the tough questions. One is beautiful, and it’ll make you feel all the feels.

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2. Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons

Most of us know what it’s like to date a bad boyfriend, and that’s what Dating Down is all about. Samantha falls for the baddest of bad boys. He’s a cheater, he’s a drug dealer, but Samantha thinks she’s in love with “Y.” Everyone else knows he’s trouble, but Sam just doesn’t see it.

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3. Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank

Two girls share a hospital room, and IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease). They’re adjusting to their illness, and in doing so, they also learn to adjust and deeply bond with one another.

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4. Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Marcie thinks that her mom took her to New Hampshire for the summer, but she soon realizes that they’re not going back home to her father. Instead of freaking out, Marcie throws herself into becoming friends with a local group, who call themselves The Leftovers. She also finds herself falling in love!

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5. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Sophie lets us in on her first three romances, along with a whole lot of other controversial things that her parents don’t know about. What My Mother Doesn’t Know is the first novel in an entertaining duology.

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6. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

Ava’s boyfriend Jackson has recently passed away and she’s struggling with trying to cope. However, Jackson then emerges as a ghost and Ava begins to become overwhelmed with her emotions. I Heart You, You Haunt Me will rip your heart out, so be prepared.

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7. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming is about Woodson’s own life. She chronicles her own story of what life was like as a young African American girl during the 60s and 70s when the Civil Rights Movement was in full force.

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8. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

This list wouldn’t be complete without a novel by Ellen Hopkins on it. She IS the master of YA verse novels after all. Crank tells the story of a straight A teen who becomes addicted to crystal meth, and is loosely inspired by her own daughter. Talk about hard hitting stuff.

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Do you write your own poetry? If so, we, and your fellow book lovers, would love to read some of it! Feel free to share in the comments.

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